Stan Lee, former Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Studios, died on November 12 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 95. He had been in poor health in the last months of his life, and with his passing came an outpouring of affection for the Marvel legend and sorrow for his passing.
Lee’s funeral, a small, private event, was held on Nov. 16 in accordance with Lee’s wishes. However, countless fans worldwide will never forget the face of Marvel, Stan “the Man” Lee.
Fans and colleagues alike posted on social media to honor Lee’s life. From the Cast of “The Avengers,” Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man, and Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow, all shared their thoughts on Lee’s passing.
Others who paid tribute include Chris Hemsworth of “Thor,” Tom Holland of “Spider-Man,” Ryan Reynolds of”Deadpool,” and Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Evans posted a heartfelt message on Twitter: “There will never be another Stan Lee,” he tweeted. “For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!”
Before taking on the role of Tony Stark, both Downey Jr.’s reputation and career were in the mud. In becoming Iron Man, however, he turned around a life of prison and drugs to become a real-life, flamboyant Tony Stark. He thanked Lee on Instagram with a few, powerful words: “I owe it all to you. Rest In Peace Stan.”
Jackson debuted as Nick Fury in “Iron Man” six years after the character in the comics was remodeled after him. On Twitter, he posted his tribute: “Thank you @TheRealStanLee for the escape from this world & great joy inhabiting the ones you created!! You made so many believe in the good, the heroic, the villainous, the exciting, most of all, you were giving & gracious to us all. RIP.”
Holland joined the Avengers cast in Captain America: Civil War and starred in Spiderman: Homecoming. The role has seen two previous Spider-men and neary half a dozen movies in previous years, but Holland has received immense praise for his portrayal from even Lee himself.
Holland posted on Instagram that of the millions indebted to Lee, “[there are] none more so than me.” He continued, “The father of Marvel has made so many people so incredibly happy. What a life and what a thing to have achieved. Rest in peace Stan.”
Johansson began her role as Black Widow in “Iron Man 2″ and has continued with it in Black Widow’s subsequent film appearances. Johansson commented, “The galaxy just gained another Dog Star. Thankful every day to be a small part of Stan’s universe. He was a legendary visionary and a true artist.”
With a picture of Lee in a Viking helmet and Mjolnir over his shoulder, Hemsworth tweeted in honor of the deceased Marvel legend: “RIP my friend. Thank you for the incredible adventures your stores took all of us on. My love and support goes out to all your friends and family.”
“RIP Stan,” tweeted Reynolds. “Thanks for everything.” In “Deadpool,” Reynolds joined the Marvel universe playing the “Merc with a Mouth.”
In 2019, three Marvel movies have been announced: “Captain Marvel,” “Spider-man: Far From Home,” and an untitled “Avengers: Infinity War” sequel. Marvel has said Lee will have cameos in the upcoming movies. Family, friends and fans alike will continue to honor the marvelous man who was Stan Lee.